Most young people have an interest in mobile devices, apps and computer gaming, but statistics suggest that is where their enthusiasm for IT ends.
According to education and business experts, Scotland will not have the skilled workforce it needs to meet growing demand for IT skills over the next five to ten years unless IT is promoted as worthwhile career and with appeal for young men and women.¹
Schools, universities and industry are working together to bridge the skills gap and help to promote IT as a dynamic sector.
RGU student Douglas Drury (22), is the first graduate to secure a placement with Aberdeen-based IT services company Skibo Technologies Ltd. Douglas has spent the past year working as a junior systems engineer, and has made such an impression that he has secured a full-time position with the company after he completes his studies.
From an early age, Douglas, from Mintlaw, had a keen interest in how things worked and would be constantly dismantling things around the house.
Douglas said: “I wanted to know how things worked so when I went to college, IT seemed like the best route to go down. I gained an HNC in computing and went on to complete an HND in technical support at Aberdeen College. This allowed me to go straight into the third year of BSc Computer Network Management and Design at RGU.
“The career advisors are always encouraging students to secure placements and there were a few available in relation to IT.
“Skibo was not one of them though, so I contacted them away from university and was lucky enough to be offered an interview.”
Looking into the future, Douglas hopes specialise in the sphere of computer and data security.
For further information on Skibo Technologies services, visit www.skibo.com or call 01224 793970.